Pujols, written by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth, is a book about Saint Louis Cardinal player Albert Pujols. Now in Major League Baseball for over 10 years, the authors share his story of baseball and faith. The book looks briefly at his childhood while the main part of the book is a walk through his baseball career season by season. Mingled throughout is his story of faith in Jesus Christ and how that faith has shaped both his on and off field activities.
As a life long baseball fan I was really looking forwards to this book. Though I am a Yankees fan at heart, I have always like Albert Pujols as a player and a person. This book was very informative from a baseball perspective. The authors really know their stuff and their breakdowns of each season give you a very good picture of how the team and Albert Pujols in particular performed each year. Any baseball fan will love the stats, the stories and the season by season stats at the end of the book.
The book isn't just about baseball though. We find out more about Albert's walk with the Lord and how he came to faith in Christ. Not shying away from his warts, the authors take you into the mind of a Christian athlete. Many people are cynical when they see Christian and Athlete together. Albert's faith shine's forth in this book. I was encouraged to know his faith was genuine and that, beyond giving lip service, he puts action to his words.
The first two chapters and the chapter on steroids were fairly week but the rest of the book give you a good glimpse of a man of God.
I would recommend this book to any fan of baseball.
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